RAWALPINDI – Former Director General (DG) Haj Rao Shakeel Ahmed has also been found allegedly involved in hiding his original age to get appointed as DG Haj.

Registering a separate case against Rao Shakeel, the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) sought his physical custody from a court to interrogate him in the case on Saturday.

Special Judge Central (SJC) Mian Khalid Shabbir handed over former DG Haj to FIA for interrogation in the new case. According to details, FIA Inspector Ghaznafar filed a plea with the court in which he stated that Rao Shakeel Ahmed mentioned his age two year less to get appointed as DG Haj which was against the rules and regulation set for appointment of the post. Therefore, the court should hand over the accused to FIA for further interrogation, he added in the application. SJC Mian Khalid Shabbir gave Rao Shakeel into custody of FIA for further probe.

Rao Shakeel Ahmed pleaded from the court that his and his son’s bank accounts should be unfreezed while FIA should also be directed to give him back the laptop seized at the time of his arrest.

Meanwhile, FIA appointed Chaudhry Zulfiqar as new prosecutor in Haj corruption case. Chaudhry Zulfiqar, the new prosecutor of FIA, submitted his attorney certificate in the court of Special Judge Central (SJC) Mian Khalid Shabbir, who held proceeding in Haj scam here.

During the hearing, former federal minister for Religious Affairs Hamid Saeed Kazmi, former Director General (DG) Hajj Rao Shakeel Ahmed and former Joint Secretary Hajj Aftab Islam Raja appeared before the court. The court adjourned the hearing till March 17, 2012 of Haj scam. On the next date of hearing, the defense lawyers would argue over acquittal plea filed by former federal minister Hamid Saeed Kazmi.

Former Federal Minister for Religious Affairs Hamid Saeed Kazmi, while talking to media men, said that despite passage of a long time, FIA could not present any substantial evidence against him in the court to prove him guilty. He said that he filed applications with FIA to provide him the list of allegations leveled against him in Hajj scam so that he could defend himself in the court but the investigation agency showing leniency in this regard. He said that FIA was not declaring him un-guilty despite of the fact that it has not proofs against him.

Meanwhile, Judicial Magistrate Humayun Pervaiz on Saturday directed the lawyers of both sides and witnesses to appear before the court on the next date of hearing in the case of liquor recovered from renowned TV artist Atiqa Odho.

Judicial Magistrate Humayun Pervez adjourned the hearing till March 24, 2012.

During the hearing, Arshad Nazir Mirza, the defence lawyer, did not appear before the court because of which the statements of prosecution witnesses could not be penned in. The magistrate directed the lawyers of both sides and prosecution witnesses to appear before the court on the next date of hearing.

The seven accused Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi, Hamad Amin Sadiq, Shahid Jamil Riaz, Jamil Ahmed, Muhammad Younis Ajnum, Abdul Wajid and Mazhar Iqbal, arrested in connection with Mumbai attacks, were also present in the court room during the proceeding of the case.